REVIEW: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
The world’s most popular web-slinger returns when THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2™ arrives on 3-disc Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Aug. 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reprise their iconic roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, who face their most dangerous adversaries yet. In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2™, Peter Parker finds there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing his role as New York City’s hero and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Academy Award® winner Jamie Foxx, Best Actor, Ray, 2004), Spider-Man faces his greatest battle yet.
Fans will be excited to explore the Blu-ray exclusive bonus features, which include the six-part, behind-the-scenes documentary, “The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which includes more than 100 minutes of immersive featurettes detailing the heroic efforts needed to bring the film to life. Exclusively available on Blu-ray are nine all-new deleted scenes with commentary by Marc Webb, including the scene “Peter Meets His Father.” Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2™ include a Filmmaker Commentary, four deleted scenes and Alicia Keys’ “It’s On Again” music video.
SYNOPSIS: It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price:only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
FILM REVIEW: Firstly,
consider that Marc Webb‘s 2012 film, The Amazing
Spider-Man (an origins story) focused on the relationship
between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and his high school
sweetheart, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Now consider that The
Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems to set out to change the dynamics
this time around, where they expand the “Spider-Man”
universe. This is a Spidey-world-building-sequel that will
potentially create multiple spin-offs in the pipeline of
Marvel’s The Avengers. This time around, we begin with
Pete’s further exploration of the disappearance of his
parents, Richard and Mary Parker (Campbell Scott and Embeth
Davidtz). In Raimi’s trilogy, Pete isn’t really
affected by the loss of his parents, but here, he is absolutely
defined by it. Consequently, when he isn’t saving the
citizens of Manhattan, he is consumed with discovering the truth
behind why his parents abandoned him.
With an excellent cast and dazzling special effects,
Webb’s iteration is quite impressive, despite revisiting
many of the same plot points from Raimi’s trilogy. There
are a number of villains in this latest Webb effort that lead to
many impressive action sequences that truly capture the agility,
movement, speed, and kinetic energy of the web-slinging
wall-crawler.. The camera swoops along with our hero as he
swings through the skyscraper maze that is New York City,
creating a vertiginous effect that is exhilarating in IMAX 3D.
Though part one had similar scenes and sequences, I wasn’t
impressed then; However, I am very much impressed this time
around because they got it right!
I particularly like the way Webb has brought the superhero back
to his comic book roots with the wit and comic-relief that is
pure and fun… where Spiderman is jokingly dealing with
crime in a cute and lighthearted manner rather than muscle-bound
dramatics. His exclamations and remarks are much like what one
would read in the comic book series. This, along with other nice
elements, allows for this latest release to be the closest that
any one has gotten to the original essence of the comic book
If I must speak negatively of this latest effort, I would have
to say that the revisiting of Raimi’s plot points takes
away from greatness of this flick for me. Webb could have been a
little more creative in the area of designating one of the
villains as just another spoiled rich kid that turns to the
Despite its few little issues though, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
soars high on the performances of both Garfield and Stone, with
plenty of spectacle, humor, and heartfelt moments to make
Webb’s “second-timer” effort resonate well
with fans of Marvel’s Spider-Man character. It deserves
four and a half out of five stars and is very much worth the
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
DTS-HD Master Audio
5.1 Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese
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4 All-New Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb
Alicia Keys “It’s On Again” music video
9 Additional Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb, including “Peter Meets His Father”
“The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” featuring revealing, in-depth segments including:
“Lessons Learned: Development and Direction” – Filmmakers and cast discuss their approach to the sequel and their efforts to make it the best Spider-Man yet.
“Heart of the City: Shooting in New York”
– A behind-the-scenes look at the film’s unprecedented access to New York City during production.
“Triple Threat: Attack of the Villains” – An inside look at the development of Spider-Man’s fearsome foes, Electro, the Green Goblin and Rhino.
“A More Dangerous World: Transforming Electro and the Green Goblin”
– From make-up to costuming, see what it took to transform Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan into their fearsome alter-egos.
“A Bolt From the Blue: Visual Effects” – Sony Pictures Imageworks artists and animators show how they created the gravity defying, web-slinging and pumped-up action in the new film.
“Spidey Gets His Groove Back: Music and Editing” – Learn how the film’s soundtrack and score came together in this behind-the-scenes look at jam sessions with Composer Hans Zimmer and the team of master musicians he assembled, including Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, Michael Einziger and more.
New Public Service Announcement for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), featuring Andrew Garfield & WWO CEO Dr. Jane Aronson